By: Daniel Nsubuga
Debutant Daniel Mzee Serunkuuma was the hero for Vipers as his sole strike in the 87th minutes broke a resilient Soana side who were deserving at least a point. The loss makes it 6 out of the last 8 encounters, Soana have only managed 2 draws against Vipers.
With KCCA occupied with continental engagements, and SC Villa hosting a tricky Maroons, Vipers were presented with a big opportunity to draw closer to the summit of the Uganda premier league log.
Things proved not rosy at all for the visitors especially in the first period as most of their attempts were neutralised by the well organized Soana side.
Joel Mutakubwa, Siraje Turyamuhebwa, Issa Mubiru, Timothy Musinguzi, Mike Kawooya, Paddy Muhumuza, Muwada Mawejje, Emmanuel Kalyowa, Stephen Ategeka, Willy Kavuma, Simon Okwi
Vipers dominated play from the onset but it was Soana who got the more clear cut opportunities of the first period though Simon Okwi and Stephen Ategeka put them to waste.
Close to the half time break, debutant Daniel Serunkuuma was presented with a chance to make an immediate impact but his low shot from a Milton Karisa pass went slightly off target.
On return from the break, Vipers continued with their strategy and it almost paid off 5 minutes into play when Erisa Sekisambu went through on goal but did not apply enough weight on his shot and it did not give Joel Mutakubwa trouble to deal with.
Miguel Da Costa the Vipers tactician introduced the more combative Brian Nkuubi for Moses Waiswa to counter act the physical game offered by Soana.
Alex Isabirye also brought on Steven Bengo for Emmanuel Kalyowa to add more fire power in to his attack.
Steven Mukwala and Pius Wangi were also introduced on for Erisa Sekisambu and Deus Bukenya in attempt to sharpen the forward line more.
As the clock ticked down, Soana looked destined for a deserved point but a small lapse in concentration by Timothy Musinguzi and Paddy Muhumuza, saw them fail to clear a lose ball which was controlled by Pius Wangi with his chest into Sserunkuma’s path who slotted home a delightful finish in the top right corner far from Mutakubwa’s reach.
Sserunkuuma’s goal pushed Vipers level on points with KCCA on 29 points and also pushed them within touching distance to SC Villa’s. SC Villa were held by Maroons FC at their home in Masaka.
Soana remain in 12th but they have been pegged back closer to the relegation zone.